A three-tier security comprising the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) and the state police will be in place at strongrooms to guard the electronic voting machines (EVMs) till May 23 in Telangana, a top state Election Commission official said Saturday.
Polling to the 17 Lok Sabha constituencies was held in a single phase in Telangana on April 11.
Kumar, in a statement, said the EVMs will be stored in strongrooms across the state till the scheduled day of counting on May 23.
He said the strongrooms containing EVMs will be guarded round-the-clock by a three-tier perimeter.
The first tier, which is the innermost perimeter, will be manned round-the-clock by the CAPF, the second tier will be manned by the state armed police force and the third tier, which is the outermost perimeter, will be guarded by the district executive force, Kumar said.
The CEO said the EVMs received will be classified and stored as:
'Category A' -- polled EVMs, EVMs containing votes polled at polling stations at the end of the poll.
'Category B' -- defective polled EVMs, EVMs which become defective after some votes are recorded in them.
'Category C' -- un-polled EVMs, EVMs which become defective before the commencement of voting and are replaced will be kept in a separate room other than the strongroom and returned to the manufacturer with due protocol.
'Category D' -- unused EVMs, EVMs shall be stored in a separate room other than the strongroom.
The CEO said the strongrooms will have a double-lock system and control-rooms will be set up adjacent to strongrooms which will operate-round-the clock.
A gazetted officer, along with a police officer, will be on duty round-the-clock to monitor security arrangements at each strongroom, he added.
District collectors and superintendents of police shall be responsible for the security at strongrooms within the districts and the meticulous implantation of protocol, Kumar said.
He said on the day of counting of votes, strongrooms shall be opened in the presence of the contesting candidates or their representatives, returning officers and observers under videography.
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